Mobile technology for medication adherence in people with mood disorders: A systematic review

Kelly Rootes-Murdy, Kara L. Glazer, Michael J. Van Wert, Francis M Mondimore, Peter P Zandi

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Background Medication non-adherence is a critical challenge for many patients diagnosed with mood disorders (Goodwin and Jamison, 1990). There is a need for alternative strategies that improve adherence among patients with mood disorders that are cost-effective, able to reach large patient populations, easy to implement, and that allow for communication with patients outside of in-person visits. Technology-based approaches to promote medication adherence are increasingly being explored to address this need. The aim of this paper is to provide a systematic review of the use of mobile technologies to improve medication adherence in patients with mood disorders. Methods A total of nine articles were identified as describing mobile technology targeting medication adherence in mood disorder populations. Results Results showed overall satisfaction and feasibility of mobile technology, and reduction in mood symptoms; however, few examined effectiveness of mobile technology improving medication adherence through randomized control trials. Limitations Given the limited number of studies, further research is needed to determine long term effectiveness. Conclusions Mobile technologies has the potential to improve medication adherence and can be further utilized for symptom tracking, side effects tracking, direct links to prescription refills, and provide patients with greater ownership over their treatment progress.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)613-617
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Affective Disorders
StatePublished - Feb 1 2017


  • Medication adherence
  • Mhealth
  • Mobile
  • Mood disorder

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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